Nootropics – Supplements for Dyslexia & Learning Disabilities

If you have dyslexia you know how hard it is to live with. Many people go through life completely undiagnosed with the condition. It is estimated that up to 15% of the population may have some form of dyslexia. Often, the problems associated with dyslexia are not recognized and the individual will go through life untreated.

What Is Dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a learning disability that affects areas of communication and learning in the brain. Many people suffering from dyslexia will have trouble reading. The words will ‘jump around the page’ and often they will read a paragraph but not understand what it meant. This is simply a problem with communication in the brain and in no way means the individual is unintelligent or stupid. Dyslexia can also affect visual and auditory perceptions but reading is one of the most recognized of the symptoms.

There are many questions about what exactly causes dyslexia. One thing known for sure is that there is considerably less left-hemispheric activity in individuals with Dyslexia during learning processes. The most widely accepted theory is that there is a malfunction in the left hemisphere of the brain where sound and language is interpreted. This theory explains why it is harder for dyslexics to interpret the meaning of words than in people without it.

What Are Nootropics?

Nootropics is a broad term that describes a type of learning supplement. A lot of the time when people refer to nootropics they are actually referring to racetams. Racetams are a group of dietary supplements that were invented in Russia. They have been shown in studies to influence learning, memory and focus. Another benefit of the racetam nootropics is that they are very non-toxic and fairly safe substances to use. They have little side effects or addiction risks.

Nootropic racetams have been evaluated to help with many different conditions. They have been investigated in the possible treatment of Alzheimer’s and Dementia as well as other common conditions such as ADHD. Nootropics have shown beneficial results in many of these instances and this is also the case with ADHD.

How Do Nootropics Work?

Nootropic racetams work to improve the pathways and receptor systems of certain neurotransmitters. This can manipulate how important neurotransmitters like: Acetylcholine, Glutamate, Serotonin and Dopamine work. Influencing these receptor systems aids in helping with learning, memory, focus, mood and many other very important neurological functions.

The problem is that how nootropics and dyslexia work are not fully understood. It is thought that influencing the Glutamate and Acetylcholine receptors may help to improve the connection in the left hemisphere in the brain where dyslexics have problem. It is likely that this has something to do with nootropics effectiveness in helping with Dyslexia.

Nootropics & ADHD

There is one well documented study on a nootropic racetam called Piracetam. The study was double placebo controlled and done over a period of 36 weeks on dyslexic children. The study showed significant improvements on reading and learning scores after 12 weeks. The Piracetam was also very well tolerated.